Directors

Gary G. Rich

Gary G. Rich

Chairman, President & Chief Executive Officer

Gary G. Rich is the chairman, president and chief executive officer of Parker Drilling. He was elected president and chief executive officer on October 1, 2012 and chairman on May 1, 2014. An industry veteran with over 30 years of global technical, commercial and operations experience, Mr. Rich comes to Parker Drilling after a 25 year career with Baker Hughes Incorporated where he successfully managed several of the company’s businesses, regions, and initiatives. Over his career he has held a progressive series of roles across a broad spectrum of focus areas including global sales and strategic marketing and business development; new technology, product and commercialization strategies; and operations, finance and business management.

Prior to joining Parker Drilling, Mr. Rich served as vice president of global sales for Baker Hughes, and prior to this role, he served as president of that company's European operations. Previously, Mr. Rich was president of Hughes Christensen Company (HCC), a division of Baker Hughes primarily focused on the production and distribution of drilling bits for the petroleum industry.

Mr. Rich holds a B.S. in Accounting from Brigham Young University and an M.S. in Science and Technology Commercialization from the University of Texas.

 

Jonathan M. Clarkson

Jonathan M. Clarkson

Retired Chairman, Texas Capital Bank

Mr. Clarkson recently retired from the Houston Region of Texas Capital Bank, a subsidiary of Texas Capital Bancshares, Inc. where he served as chairman, president and chief executive officer from 2003 to 2011. From 1999 to 2002 he served as president and chief financial officer of Bargo Energy Company and its successor company Mission Resources Corporation. Earlier in his career, Mr. Clarkson served as executive vice president and chief financial officer for Ocean Energy Corporation and its predecessor company, United Meridian Corporation. He also held several senior management positions at InterFirst Corporation and its subsidiary First National Bank in Dallas, Texas. Mr. Clarkson currently serves on the Board of Memorial Production Partners LP, a domestic energy firm focused on the acquisition and exploitation of domestic oil and gas properties. He also serves on the Advisory Board of Rivington Capital Advisors, LLC, an independent investment banking firm specializing in private capital and mergers and acquisition transactions for the small and mid-cap energy sectors. Previously, Mr. Clarkson served on the board of Edge Petroleum Corporation where he chaired the audit committee and also served as a member of that board’s compensation committee.

 

George J. Donnelly

George J. Donnelly

Managing Partner, Lilo Ventures

Mr. Donnelly is a managing partner of Lilo Ventures, a venture capital firm, having held this position since 2001. He also serves as chairman of Global Suppliers, a minority-owned private company that provides equipment to the petroleum and chemical industry. He served as president and chief executive officer of the Houston Hispanic Chamber of Commerce during 2005 and 2006 and as president of the San Jacinto Museum of History from 2000 to 2002. Between 1988 and 2000, Mr. Donnelly served as vice president of Russell Reynolds Associates and as vice chairman of SpencerStuart Associates, both executive search firms. He began his career at Texaco Inc. in 1962 and served in various roles at Texaco Inc. and Gulf Oil Company until 1997, including vice president of the Worldwide Energy and Minerals Division, vice president of the Latin American division and head of the Washington, D.C. office. Mr. Donnelly serves on the board of directors of the Greater Houston Partnership (World Trade), the Center for Houston's Future, United Way of Greater Houston, KIPP Charter Schools, the Health Museum of Houston, the San Jacinto Monument and Museum and the Institute of International Education.

 

Robert W. Goldman

Robert W. Goldman

Financial Consultant

Mr. Goldman retired from Conoco Inc. in 2002 after 14 years of service, most recently as senior vice president - Finance and chief financial officer. Prior to that time, he was employed for 23 years by E. I. du Pont de Nemours & Co. in a variety of domestic and international finance and operating assignments. Since 2002 he has been self-employed as a financial consultant. From 2003 through 2008, Mr. Goldman served as the elected vice president-Finance of the World Petroleum Council. He is a member of the Financial Executives Institute and a member of the advisory board of Global Infrastructure Partners, a private equity fund investing in the global energy, transportation and water infrastructure sectors. He serves on the board of directors of El Paso Corporation, The Babcock & Wilcox Company Inc. and Tesoro Corporation, as well as the board of trustees of Kenyon College, Gambier, Ohio.

 

Gary R. King

Gary R. King

Chief Executive Officer, Regalis Petroleum

Mr. King, age 55, was appointed to the Board of Directors in September 2008. He is the Chief Executive Officer of Regalis Petroleum, a privately held African oil exploration company. Prior to this he was CEO of Dutco Natural Resources Investments Limited (DNRI,) and President and CEO of US subsidiary Tarka Resources Inc. and Vice Chairman of Manti LP. Mr. King also serves as a Founder and Managing Partner of The Matrix Partnership, a strategic advisory firm based in Dubai.

Mr. King has held senior executive positions with many Government of Dubai companies; including founding Chief Executive Officer of investment fund Dubai Natural Resources World and first Chief Executive Officer of the Dubai Mercantile Exchange from 2005 until 2009. Prior to these roles Mr. King served as Senior Vice President in the infrastructure funds and treasury and commodities groups in Macquarie Bank Ltd./Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank, and Regional Head - Energy Group and Specialized Funds Group at Standard Bank in Dubai. From 1997 to 2001, he served in senior management roles at Emirates National Oil Company, Dragon Oil PLC and TransCanada International Petroleum. From 1994 to 1997, he served as Vice President — Commodities Trading Group for Morgan Stanley in Singapore.

From 1983 to 1994, he served in a variety of international senior management roles within exploration and production and oil trading and supply at Neste Oy (national oil and energy company of Finland), after beginning his career as an exploration geologist in 1980.

Mr. King is also a member of the Board of Directors of Canadian listed Serinus Energy Inc. and privately held African oil explorer Signet Petroleum. He is also a long term member of The National Association of Corporate Directors "NACD").

 

Robert L. Parker Jr.

Robert L. Parker Jr.

Retired Chairman, Parker Drilling

Robert L. Parker Jr. is the retired chairman of the board of Parker Drilling. The grandson of the company’s founder, Mr. Parker retired as a Parker employee in December 2013 after more than 40 years with the company. During his tenure, he established Parker as a respected trailblazer and leader in energy exploration and development. Under his guidance, the company created innovative technologies and operational procedures that advanced the drilling profession and continue to benefit the global oil and gas industry today. A recognized champion of safety and environmental stewardship, Mr. Parker spearheaded the development of Parker Drilling's strong safety culture. Under his leadership, the company frequently recorded Total Recordable Incident Rates well below the International Association of Drilling Contractors member average. As a continuing member of Parker’s board, Mr. Parker brings a wealth of historical knowledge of the company, as well as strategic industry experience.

 

Richard D. Paterson

Richard D. Paterson

Retired Managing Partner, PwC

Mr. Paterson, age 63, retired from PriceWaterhouseCoopers LLP (PwC), an international network of auditors, tax and business consultants, in 2011 after 37 years of service. At the time of his retirement, Mr. Paterson served as the global leader of PwC’s Consumer, Industrial Products and Services Practices comprising the automotive, consumer and retail, energy, utilities and mining, industrial products, pharmaceutical and health industry sectors. These practices comprised roughly half of PwC’s global revenues. Mr. Paterson also served as managing partner of PwC’s Houston Office and U.S. Energy Practice. As part of this role, Mr. Paterson was responsible for the audits of ExxonMobil Corporation from 2002 to 2006. Previous to this position, Mr. Paterson lived in Moscow, Russia where he led PwC’s Energy Practice for Europe, Middle East and Asia and also was responsible for the audit of OAO Gazprom. Mr. Paterson joined PwC in 1974 and was admitted as a partner in 1987. He holds extensive knowledge of the energy industry and energy value chain and has been a frequent speaker at the World Energy Congress and World Petroleum Congress. Since his retirement from PwC, Mr. Paterson has remained active in the corporate governance community. He is a member of the Board of Directors and Chair of the Audit Committee of Eclipse Resources Corporation. Mr. Paterson is a member of the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD). NACD has named him a Board Leadership Fellow due to his demonstrated commitment to boardroom excellence by completing NACD's comprehensive program of study for corporate directors. Previously, he served on the board of Zaff Capital LLC, a private equity fund investing in emerging markets with a focus on the energy, infrastructure and real estate sectors. He is a past board member of the U.S./Russia Business Council and the U.S. Energy Association.

 

Roger B. Plank

Roger B. Plank

Retired President, Apache Corporation

Mr. Plank was appointed to the Board of Directors in May 2004. He retired from Apache Corporation in February 2014 after 32 years of service. Most recently, he served as President and Chief Corporate Officer of Apache Corporation. From 2009 to 2011 he served as President. He previously served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer since 2000 and Vice President and Chief Financial Officer since 1997. Mr. Plank previously served as Vice President of Planning and Corporate Development, Vice President of Corporate Communications and Vice President of External Affairs for Apache. He is also Chairman of Houston’s Alley Theatre.

 

R. Rudolph Reinfrank

R. Rudolph Reinfrank

Managing General Partner, Riverford Partners, LLC

R. Rudolph Reinfrank is the managing general partner of Riverford Partners LLC, a strategic advisory and investment firm based in Los Angeles. Riverford acts as an investor, board member and strategic advisor to growth companies and companies in transition. Prior to founding Riverford, Mr. Reinfrank was a co-founder and a managing general partner of Clarity Partners L.P. and a co-founder of Clarity China, L.P. He is a co-founder and a managing general partner of Rader Reinfrank & Co. Mr. Reinfrank is a director of Apollo Investment Corporation. Mr. Reinfrank meets the requirements of a Sarbanes-Oxley audit committee financial expert pursuant to item 407(d)(5)(ii) of Regulation S-K and he is FINRA licensed for Series 7, 62 and Series 63. Mr. Reinfrank is also a senior advisor to Pall Mall Capital, Limited (London), and Transnational Capital Corporation.

 

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Robert L. Parker

Robert L. Parker

Chairman Emeritus

Mr. Parker joined Parker Drilling in 1947 and 10 years later purchased the company from his father, Gifford C. Parker, the founder of the company. Serving as president since 1954, Mr. Parker took the company public in 1969 and was elected chairman and chief executive officer. Since 2006, he has retained the position of chairman emeritus. Mr. Parker also serves on the board of directors of Clayton Williams Energy, is an advisory director of Bank of Oklahoma, Tulsa, and is the chairman of the U.S. - Kazakhstan Business Association board of directors. He was awarded the Gold Medal for Distinguished Achievement by the American Petroleum Institute in 1999, the Waggener-Griffin Award from Spindletop International in 2001, and the God and Country Award from Boy Scouts of America in 2001. In 2001 he was inducted into the Tulsa Hall of Fame by the Tulsa Historical Society. Mr. Parker holds a bachelor's degree from The University of Texas at Austin, where he is also a Distinguished Alumnus.